(CMR) Sister Islands Sports has been assigned its first full-time swimming instructor, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands (MEYSAL) has announced.
Minister of Sports Juliana O'Connor Connolly expressed satisfaction with this appointment, stating that the addition of a full-time swimming instructor to Sister Islands Sports underscores the Ministry's commitment to positively impact the development of swimming as a sport throughout the Cayman Islands.
“It will also ensure that all swimmers have access to a safe and positive training and competition environment, allowing us to build on the foundation laid by Mr. Michael Hundt over many years. I likewise look forward to the addition of a full-time female instructor, to fully equip Sister Islands Sports with the necessary staff to establish a well-needed adult swim program that caters to both men and women,” Minister O'Connor-Connolly said.
Sister Islands Sports Director Harold Sanford was optimistic as he welcomed the new swimming instructor.
“I unreservedly welcome Mr. Bryce Gunning to Sister Island Sports. With him as part of our team, we can begin to expand the Learn-to-Swim Programme (LSTP), create a Talent Development Programme called ‘White Tip' for competitive swimmers, and start hosting several swim meets annually in our new 25m pool,” Sanford remarked.
He also used the opportunity to express his gratitude to part-time coach Michael Hundt for his years of service. “Special thanks to Michael Hundt and his wife Susan, who have so faithfully coached the swim program for many years. I look forward to your continued support, as we advance the sport of swimming in Cayman Brac.”
The new instructor, Bryce Gunning, who worked as a swim instructor supervisor in Vancouver, Canada, will lead the existing LTSP and create several others with Hundt's assistance.
Gunning thanked the Ministry for the opportunity to lead the Sister Island Sports swimming programs.
“There is a lot of talent on the Sister Islands and a large adult population that is interested in learning to swim. I thank the Ministry of EYSAL for the opportunity to lead this swimming program and look forward to taking it to new heights,” said Gunning.
Gunning's employment took effect on January 12, 2021.